Lewisham has unveiled plans for its year as London Borough of Culture 2022.
The programme will celebrate the borough’s rich diversity, provide a platform for the voices of young people and inspire climate action through art, music, performance, poetry, discussion and debate It will highlight the power of culture to create change.
The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, was joined by a host of creatives, young people and community representatives at the Rivoli Ballroom to announce the programme, inspired by the history of activism in the borough.
Launching in January 2022, it will start with a borough-wide opening celebration that pays homage to Lewisham’s change makers, trailblazers, and social justice pioneers – and showcasing talents that call Lewisham home today.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “The entire borough will be engaged in an incredible year of cultural activity and climate action with young Londoners at the heart of it all.
“Lewisham’s ambitious programme will show how culture can empower communities to pursue positive change.
“It is a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on the talent, innovation and artistry that can be found across our capital and will be a very exciting year for its residents, Londoners and visitors alike.”
Lewisham’s landmark creative institutions; Trinity Laban, Goldsmiths University of London, the Rivoli Ballroom, the Albany and the Horniman Museum, will be part of the We Are Lewisham programme.
Mr Egan said: “Lewisham’s year as London Borough of Culture will celebrate everything that is great about our borough and showcase the incredible talents from Lewisham.
“From famous names performing in brilliant venues to inspiring events in our parks and schools and celebrations of the music and events that have defined us – our year as London Borough of Culture will be open to everyone, with events popping up across the whole borough; in our markets, local businesses and on street corners, created with and by local people.
“We’ll be giving a platform to the very best of what Lewisham has to offer – from Catford to Crofton, Downham to Deptford, and Lewisham to Lee – and we can’t wait to welcome people to have a great time exploring our borough.”
There are plenty of options for residents, groups and businesses to get involved.
Further details will be made available on wearelewisham.com.
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